Shalom and welcome dear friends. I wanna address the historical range and use of this wild bean which is related to the Lima. Since there were archaeological sightings of these wild beans being found in Arkansas and Oklahoma today, is it true that all native tribes use the beans back then? Is it also true that the wild beans use to be widespread throughout the eastern half of the U.S in pre-Columbian or prehistoric times. Could you all bring me some documentation or historic records of its former range in the U.S before we go any farther. I'm also looking for its historic use from the tribes. Please let me know if you all found anything before I consider growing it in my gardens for next year. Out!
Are you talking about Phaseolus polystachios, sometimes called thicket bean? If so it is still relatively wide spread in my area. There is a patch not far from my house that runs a 1/2 mile or more on both sides of a road. I also know of a least two other patches.
I have a small patch established by my garden gate that has been here five years or so but I have not tried eating the beans.
Hmmm.... What growing zone are they in? Lots of items, including this, are out of stock. They have some other stuff listed that I've been thinking about getting next year, so I look forward to when they have their seeds again.